Saturday, December 15, 2007

9. Portugal: Caldense Bakery

Caldense Bakery
3497 Dundas St. West
(just east of Jane)
416 761-9499

Although part of a small chain this bakery qualifies due to its authentic local feel. Their speciality is the Portuguese custard tart, well received on our visit. Another fine choice was the chocolate éclair which was filled with custard, different but very acceptable in a town where a proper éclair is hard to find. Both choices $1.60. Also the tulipa, a chocolate flower-shape filled with layers of mousse and sponge cake, the pièce de résistance. It was an exquisite treat and a bargain at $3.07 - see picture.
The bakery features counter service with orders delivered to the table. The staff were helpful in explaining the different house specialities. The cafe also serves sandwiches, wraps, omelets and breakfasts. The coffee at $1.42 was good and strong. If you are on Dundas West don't pass this!

Rating: Ambiance (3)
Service (3)
Food Presentation (4)
Food Quality (4)
Value for Money (4)

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